South Africa’s CSIR celebrates 70 years of research

first_img13 October 2015The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is celebrating its 70th birthday this year, and at its annual two day conference, held on 8 and 9 October, the focus was on the impact and breakthroughs the organisation has had over the past seven decades.Besides hosting the conference, the CSIR is also educating the public on its work and achievements via radio, print and television broadcasts.The CSIR is one of the leading science and technology research, development and implementation organisations in Africa. Constituted by an Act of Parliament in 1945 as a science council, the CSIR is committed to supporting innovation in South Africa to improve national competitiveness in the global economy.Advertising campaignPhase two of its advertising campaign started on 12 October, according to Tendani Tsedu, the group’s spokesperson. “This is the first advertising campaign for the CSIR. We wanted to show the public how the work that is being done by the CSIR affects them on a daily basis,” he explained.It falls under the Ideas that Work initiative. In one of the videos, the narrator asks the question: “What if there were people who were quietly working to make your life better, without you even knowing?”Watch one of the advertisements being shown on South African television channels till 10 December:Tsedu said the aim of the advertising was to show the impact of the CSIR’s research on society, industry and other sectors. “Another factor (for the advertising) was to increase the visibility of the CSIR and also to attract young people towards science. We want them to know that science is fun and exciting.”In just one recent innovation, in 2013 CSIR researchers developed the world’s first digital laser. It was regarded as a milestone in laser technology and could spur future laser-related innovations.The team found that laser beams could be digitally controlled from within a laser device. Their findings were published in the prestigious Nature Communications journal, on 2 August 2013.Find out how to make the CSIR your career choice:The conferenceThe CSIR’s 5th conference was attended last week by 1 500 delegates, said Tsedu. Guests included Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor, members of the science and technology portfolio committee, research partners such as Eskom, Transnet and the South African National Defence Force, and university students.Speaking on the first day, Ramaphosa said that continuous investment in research and development was critical for South Africa to achieve the goals of its National Development Plan (NDP).“The NDP says that science and technology must be used to address some of the problems in education, health and economic development, and it must facilitate access to information and knowledge,” said Ramaphosa.Watch the deputy president explain why the government will invest in solution- driven technology:Research out of the labAt the conference, CSIR scientists presented their work to the public. About 20 exhibitions covered energy, health, defence, built environment, ICT, natural environment and industry. Tendani Tsedu of CSIR said during their 5th Conference the scientists had an opportunity to present their work to the public. (Image: Supplied)“They had a chance to take the research out of the lab and discuss it in an open forum,” said Tsedu. “The robust debates and engagement with the industry, government departments, businesses and other science councils were inspiring and constructive.“Those who attended (the conference) now have a better idea of what is the CSIR and how can they use science to solve issues that they are facing,” he added.Another highlight was the launch of a commercial product with Nestle South Africa. The CSIR teamed up with the Agriculture Research Council, Nestle and University of Fort Hare to develop Maggi 2 Minute Noodles with morogo, or African spinach. This product, which is already available in supermarkets, is a good example of what can be achieved if private and public companies work together to address issues such as unemployment and poverty.Delegates tweeted about the sessions:@CSIR Dr Busisiwe Vilakazi is the last Health speaker of the #CSIRConference #CSIR70 All speakers have been excellent pic.twitter.com/RudpOUeHin— Lyndi Jonker (@lyndi_j) October 9, 2015#CSIRConference . Really enjoying hearing about the great research projects CSIR is doing. Makes me a proud South African— Barry Dwolatzky (@BarryDwolatzky) October 8, [email protected] getting ready to demo some of the cool apps entrepreneurs & innovators have built @mlabsa #csirconference pic.twitter.com/pjbcDsKLiD— mLab Southern Africa (@mlabsa) October 8, 2015Interesting sessions“The focus was on the research that the CSIR is doing to find a cure for malaria,” Tsedu explained about the health session. The conference also looked at research on food to be used in school feeding schemes, e-health and “many other exciting work in this field”.Prof Lynn Morris, the head of the HIV virology laboratories in the Centre of HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases, was a speaker. She gave a keynote address titled “Towards an antibody- based HIV vaccine.”Source: South Africa.info reporterlast_img read more

NCAA volleyball: Sta. Rita’s career-high steers Lady Stags to 3rd win

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJoyce Sta. Rita set a career-high to lead San Sebastian past Mapua, 25-20, 25-7, 29-31, 25-14, in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The team captain unleashed 28 points for the Lady Stags while also getting help from three of her teammates with Nikki Dalisay adding 17, Daurene Santos tallying 11 and Dangie Encarnacion chipping in 10 points.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises San Sebastian climbed to 3-2 to bolster its Final Four bid. The Lady Stags are currently in fourth place thanks to a better quotient than College of St. Benilde, which also owns a 3-2 slate.“We’re on track. We’re still there. We still have four games left and I hope we can still make it,” Gorayeb told reporters in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut Gorayeb wasn’t really pleased with how his team’s overall performance, particularly in the third set where the Lady Stags committed too many errors.San Sebastian blew three match points, two of which from service errors, that had Gorayeb shaking his head on the bench. PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Top USA gymnastics board members resign in wake of abuse case Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stingcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ The Lady Stags regrouped and didn’t leave anything to chance in the fourth set.Angeline Mangundayao scored 10 points while Katrina Racelis and Patria Peña had nine apiece for the Lady Cardinals, who dropped to 0-6. LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

Sorting out the ugly details of IoT security

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram I get at least one if not handful of pitches a week from people who want to write guest articles about the lack of security in the Internet of Things. They all start the same:“By 2020 there will be 10 gazillion IoT nodes connected…” The best ones make a few specific recommendations about using authentication and encryption.It’s not enough. Some of the big thinkers in our industry discussed the issue as part of a panel sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery on the future of the Internet that marked 50 years of the Turing Award.Reading a transcript, I wondered aloud if we need a working group to define a set of basic security/privacy standards and a simple certification test for them. A logo could let consumers and business users know the products support at least fundamental capabilities.In the event of a significant hack, the tools might even be useful to identify what holes need to be plugged. As a starting point, perhaps it is enough to require multi-factor authentication and encryption based on a hardware root-of-trust.It’s a concept worthy of an English major (me), but it has a long way to go to pass muster among engineers (you). So I invite your feedback.The first really great piece of feedback is already in from Nick Feamster, a professor of computer science at Princeton and a 2016 ACM Fellow. He was also one of the big thinkers in the Turing panel.Feamster was generally supportive of the concept of a sort of Underwriter’s Labs of IoT security. But he noted the devil is in the details:First, who is the certification body? Should it be entirely composed of members from industry? If so, which stakeholders are involved? Second, what requirements should go into the certification program? Being overly prescriptive may backfire in light of the rate at which technology (and attacks) progress. Third, consumers may not appreciate the value of certification, particularly if meeting the requirements of certification increases the cost of a device. Finally, how will the certification standards be implemented? As much as a certification lays down rules of the road, the process must also make it as easy as possible for vendors to adhere to it. OK, so there are a few ugly details to get sorted out. The good news is some groups are already at work on some of these kinds of issues.Continue to the next page on Embedded’s sister site, EE Times: “IoT security: What we need next.” Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.center_img Continue Reading Previous The Write Stuff: Crafting a DNA StatementNext Designing in portabilitylast_img read more

NRL in Touch – Team-mates at last!

first_imgThis article was written by Brad Walter from the Sydney Morning Herald.The article is available from http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/merger-puts-nrl-in-touch-with–2m-player-base-20130813-2rujo.html#ixzz2bqZGaQFuThe greatest game of all has just got even greater, with up to 2 million Australians now considered rugby league players after a historic partnership between the NRL and Touch Football Australia.The merger, which has been years in the making, will give the NRL greater clout to secure government funding, ensure access to more sporting fields and provide a foot in the door at private schools that only play rugby union.Importantly, it also creates an association with mothers and other people who may have never previously felt any connection with the NRL. Rugby league can be a brutal game but NRL Touch – as the sport that began in 1963 and was formalised by the South Sydney Junior Rugby League Club five years later – can be safely played by people of any age or sex.Effectively, they are now playing rugby league and there are 1.03 million participants involved in organised competitions as well as 844,000 boys and girls who take part in NRL development programs each year.The aim of the new alliance is to increase the overall playing numbers to 2 million, or 10 per cent of the national population.”We are announcing a commitment to build the biggest sporting community in Australia,” NRL chief executive Dave Smith said. ”Quite simply this an opportunity for people of all ages, all abilities and genders to play the greatest game of all every day of the week and all year round.”The partnership also gives league a foothold in places it may not otherwise have because touch football is played across Australia and internationally.Sydney Roosters star Sonny Bill Williams was among the host of present and former players happy to play a demonstration game of touch at Allianz Stadium wearing T-shirts with the NRL logo and the slogan ”A place on the field for everyone”, as his sister Niall captained New Zealand in the sport.”I am happy for the touch people because I know how hard it is for my sister in New Zealand who struggles just to go to competitions because there is no funding,” Williams said.Touch Football Australia chief executive Colm Maguire said there were other financial benefits too.”We can have a look at cost efficiencies, we can have a look at joint approaches to government, we can have a look at green space and we can have a look at commercial opportunities, so we see this is the first step on a long journey,” Maguire said.”There are a lot of sports now having a look at how to capture hearts and minds from a cradle to grave-type of approach, and I think the only way you can grow your membership base is to actually have people sample your product.”Warriors and Kiwis halfback Shaun Johnson is one of numerous NRL players – including Benji Marshall – with a touch background and he tweeted: ”Very cool to see the partnership between NRL and Touch starting. Played a big part in my development. #GoodMove #AboutTime”.Former Roosters, Queensland and Papua New Guinea halfback Adrian Lam has represented Australia in touch football, and his wife and sons also play.”Personally I learnt a lot out of touch football, like how to count [players], and if you look at Brazilian soccer, all the young kids play small sided games and I think that is where touch footy can fit in with rugby league as kids at a young age can learn to pass and develop all the skills,” said Lam, whose son Lachlan was recently chosen in the Australian schoolboys league team and is going to Darwin to trial for the national touch team.”I think what else is good is that it ties families in with rugby league, which is a really positive move especially in places like western Sydney where the AFL is trying to make inroads.”Negotiations began when NRL league integration and game development manager Andrew Hill returned to the code two years ago after being recruited by AFL for its push into western Sydney and stepped up after Smith’s appointment as chief executive earlier this year.The article is available from http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/merger-puts-nrl-in-touch-with–2m-player-base-20130813-2rujo.html#ixzz2bqZGaQFuRelated LinksNRL in Touchlast_img read more

Position Vacant: Sport Operations Manager

first_imgIf you are looking for a thrilling career in one of the biggest participation sports in the nation, we have the role for you!We are seeking a Sport Operations Manager in our Australian Capital Territory Office.The successful applicant will be responsible for leading participation growth at all levels of the game, developing a representative pathway as well as the provision of education and training for coaches and referees throughout the Touch Football ACT community.If you would like to be considered for this position, candidates are requested to provide a Curriculum Vitae and a two page letter of introduction addressing the role’s selection criteria. Please note that a strong desire to work in the sporting industry and any supporting comments aligned to the position description, will be highly regarded.For further information and to lodge your application for this career opportunity, please email [email protected] close Tuesday 7th February 2017 at 9am AEDT. For any questions call 02 6212 2800.last_img read more

10 months agoArsenal manager Emery surprised by Mourinho news: Not good for coaches

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Arsenal manager Emery surprised by Mourinho news: Not good for coachesby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveUnai Emery says Jose Mourinho’s sacking as Manchester United manager came as a surprise.The Spaniard added that the news did not bode well for other coaches.Speaking before Wednesday’s EFL Cup quarter-final against Tottenham, Emery said: “The only thing I can say to you is that it’s a surprise for me and not good news, because when one coach finishes his work like that, it’s not good for coaches.”My focus is only on our way, our work. We have a lot of work to do to improve and also find a solution in every match with our players. My focus is on the big derby tomorrow, the north London derby, and that’s the focus of the players as well. Only that.” last_img read more

10 months agoSao Paulo defender Rodrigo Caio missed Barcelona move over medical concerns

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Sao Paulo defender Rodrigo Caio missed Barcelona move over medical concernsby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSao Paulo defender Rodrigo Caio underwent a Barcelona medical – though missed out on a move this week.Globoesporte says Caio underwent a medical with a Barcelona club doctor who was sent to Brazil, following concerns which previously saw Atletico Madrid and Valencia having pulled out of deals for the 25-year-old.The physical condition of the defender eventually led Barcelona to instead opt for Jeison Murillo, who joined the club on loan from Valencia on Thursday.The deal for Caio would have been a free loan move with an obligatory purchase option worth €15m. last_img read more

WHATS SHOOTING IN ONTARIO – AS OF AUG1817 – LINKS BY DGC

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Hutterite colony resident claims no ancient etchings existed on vandalized rock sacred

first_imgAPTN National NewsSome Blackfoot Tribe members are upset over allegations that ancient Aboriginal etchings were destroyed at a site in southern Alberta.But the lack of documented evidence is making the allegations difficult to prove.APTN National News reporter Keith Laboucan explains.last_img

Big Ten coaches welcome Cornhuskers to conference

The newest team in the Big Ten football conference, Nebraska, was welcomed with open arms at Big Ten Media Days, where several coaches said they have already seen a positive impact because of the new addition. Wisconsin’s head coach Bret Bielema, whose team opens conference play against the Cornhuskers, said he has already noticed Nebraska’s direct influence on recruiting. “When (Big Ten Commissioner) Jim Delany made the decision to bring Nebraska into our league, bring that name and program, I’ve noticed it overall,” Bielema said. “I’ve noticed it in recruiting. “I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had parents or recruits sitting in my office talking about the Big Ten Network and the exposure that it brings, to bring Nebraska in, and for us to be a part of the Leaders Division for the first time in college football history…” Penn State’s head coach Joe Paterno said that while he was at one point an outspoken advocate for adding an eastern team to the conference, he feels “extremely good” about the Cornhuskers’ selection. They will bring an added toughness to the conference, he said at Big Ten Media Days, which took place last Thursday and Friday in Chicago. “When we got Nebraska, that was a real coup. It’s going to make the league tougher,” Paterno said. “The tougher the other guy is, the better you get, if you’re a competitor.” For Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio, the move is a positive not just for individual teams but for the conference as a whole. “With Nebraska coming into the conference, I think it gives us, the conference as a whole, strengthens our brand,” Dantonio said. Kirk Ferentz, the head coach at Iowa, was especially excited about the possibility of a new rivalry due to Iowa and Nebraska’s shared border. “It’s certainly, I think, something that is going to be something very much of interest for the fans,” Ferentz said. “I remember coming to Iowa in 1981, there were probably more Nebraska fans than Iowa fans. Hopefully that’s changed a little bit, but time will tell.” In hopes of spurring the rivalry, the Cornhuskers and the Hawkeyes announced at Media Days that they will play in the conference’s newest trophy game, the Heroes Game. The game, which will be played on the last Friday in November this year, will honor one hero from Iowa and one from Nebraska. Despite other coaches’ enthusiasm, no coach was more excited than the Cornhuskers’ coach, Bo Pelini, who said he thinks Nebraska is a good fit for the Big Ten. “I think if you look at the tradition, academic integrity, all the things that I believe our program at the University of Nebraska stands for, I think we fit right in with this conference,” Pelini said. “Tremendous football, tremendous athletics, a tremendous commitment to academics, and doing things the right way. That’s what this conference is all about.” Pelini said facing all new opponents will require more time and preparation from his team in order to be a strong competitor. “We basically had 11 new opponents on our schedule which creates a little bit of a challenge for our football team and our kids,” Pelini said. Still, he said he has no plans to drastically alter his style of play. “We’re going to do what we do and we’re going to do it well,” he said. “We’re not really going to adapt what we do to the conference. We’re going to hopefully make the conference adapt to what we do.”  OSU will face the Cornhuskers this season in Lincoln, Neb., on Oct. 8. read more